All new members will fall in one of the following four categories:
1.) No FAA Pilot Certificate
- Obtain a student certificate. Your instructor will help you with this
- Fly with your instructor until both you and the instructor are satisfied that you can safely “solo” the aircraft. Expect a minimum of 25 flights at the rate of 3-4 per session. At this point the instructor will administer a short written test on the particular glider you are flying and endorse your logbook for solo flight.
- Take the FAA written exam for your private pilot certificate. Your instructor will help you with the preparation.
- Practice solo flight.
- Fly several practice rides with your instructor in preparation for your checkride.
- Take the practical test, or “check ride”. The practical test consists of an oral exam and flights (normally three) with an FAA examiner. It is somewhat analogous to a driving test. Your instructor will assist in your preparation and be present during the test.
- After you pass the practical test and have been issued a private pilot certificate, you can legally carry passengers.
2.) FAA Power Pilot Certificate but no Glider Rating
- 10-15 instructional flights, depending on the individual.
- The FAA written test is not necessary.
- Written test on particular glider being flown.
- Solo practice.
- Preparation for check ride.
- Check ride.
3.) FAA Glider Pilot Certificate
- 3 to 6 instructional flights, depending on the individual.
- Written test on particular glider being flown
4.) Glider Pilot Certificate and Flying Your Own Glider
- Briefing on Club and local airfield procedures before flying
- 1 or more instructional flights, if not current
- A separate written test must be taken for each different type of glider being flown with an attendant briefing by a Club CFIG.
- Rear seat checkouts with a CFIG are required for each type of glider